Join our Rainforest Conservation programme in Madagascar for teenagers and spend your summer living and working in a village surrounded by the jungle. As you watch lemurs scamper by, you’ll focus on doing conservation work, and helping the local community.
You’ll work with a group of teenagers your own age. We’ll divide your time between working at a national park, and helping out people in the community. This is a great opportunity to learn and gain new skills. You’ll learn directly from conservationists, and build your teamwork skills within the group.
The volunteer work you do in Madagascar is critical. The animals that live in the rainforests here can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The village also needs help becoming more environmentally friendly.
You’ll be based in the rural village of Andasibe, where you’ll live at a guesthouse. Our staff are also with you every step of the way, making sure you have the time of your life!
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What Rainforest Conservation work will I do in Madagascar as a teenager?
Volunteer conservation work in Madagascar for teenagers focuses on helping to protect the rainforests around Andasibe, and doing community work in the village. Your days are split between these activities:
- Support the work of local national parks
- Protect rainforest habitats and animal and plant species
- Help the village of Andasibe become more environmentally friendly
- Explore Madagascar and learn about the culture
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Support the work of local national parks
You will work in several national parks. All of these national parks protect rainforest environments. Many of the animals and plants found here can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Your tasks here will include bird, amphibian, reptile, and lemur censuses. These censuses are important as they help conservationists keep track of the number of species found in each of the parks.
You will work closely with environmental experts, and you’ll also take part in a conservation workshop given by a local guide.
Protect rainforest habitats and animal and plant species
Alien plant species are a big problem in Madagascar. They destroy endemic plants that provide a habitat for local wildlife. You’ll help remove these plants, and work in our nursery to plant and care for the seedlings of local plants.
You’ll also help us clear and maintain park trails to make sure visitors don’t wander off the dedicated paths. This helps protect indigenous plants.
Help the village of Andasibe become more environmentally-friendly
The community work you’ll do in the village is closely related to your conservation work. You’ll help raise awareness of the importance of protecting the rainforest by creating posters and leaflets. We’ll use these in workshops to share knowledge about conservation.
Your group will also take local students on supervised walks through the national parks. Our volunteers love doing this with the kids, and it’s fun to show them different animals and plants. We also encourage you to share your passion for protecting the rainforest with them!
In addition to this work, you’ll also get involved in more physical activities. These include getting your hands dirty planting a vegetable garden or doing a cleanup.
Explore Madagascar and learn about the culture
Madagascar is like nowhere else on earth. So we can say with complete confidence that this is an incredibly unique opportunity!
You’ll live and work with other teenagers, our staff, and the local people. You’ll learn about different cultures, and share stories about your own.
When you’re not working, our staff have plenty planned for you, from arts and crafts, to traditional storytelling sessions. We’ll also take you on a trip over the weekend, where you can have fun in the sun at the beach, and explore bustlings markets.
Where will I be working?
There is only one dirt road going through Andasibe. It gets quite muddy at times! You can expect rain all year round. Bring warm clothes for in the evenings and good sturdy shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
Madagascar is home to a huge array of wildlife that can be found nowhere else in the world. In fact, 80% of Madagascar’s species are endemic to the area. This means that Madagascar is the only place you’ll ever get to see them in the wild!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in Madagascar
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